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inquire about (someone or something)

To ask or try to learn more about someone or something. Mother, if Gerald inquires about you, what should I tell him? I'm inquiring about that bill right now.
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inquire after (someone)

To ask how someone is doing, especially regarding their health. Mother, if Gerald inquires after you, what should I tell him?
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inquire for (someone)

To request to see or speak to someone. If anyone calls inquiring for Anne, just tell them she's in a meeting.
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inquire into

To investigate; to look into or ask questions about. The HR department has been inquiring into complaints of unfair firing practices. We've inquired into what could be causing the server malfunction. We will keep you posted when we have more information.
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inquire of (someone or something)

To ask someone for some type of information. A noun or pronoun can be used between "inquire" and "of." Mother, if Gerald inquires something personal of me, what should I tell him? I'm going to inquire of your mother and see if she knows you snuck out last night.
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inquire within

An instruction that one should ask for more information about something inside a particular place. Typically written on signs posted outside of businesses. Help wanted, inquire within. Hey, the sign outside said, "Inquire within," so here I am! Can I get an application for the job?
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inquire about someone or something

to ask about someone or something. I inquired about Tom and was told that he doesn't live here anymore. You will have to inquire about that at the front desk.
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inquire after someone

to ask about the well-being of someone. Jerry inquired after you when I saw him at the store today. I will inquire after his wife the next time I see him.
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inquire for someone

to ask to see someone. Mr. Franklin, there is a man out here inquiring for you. What shall I tell him? Who is inquiring for me?
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inquire into something

to look into something; to investigate something by asking questions. I will inquire into your complaint. It sounds as if something is wrong. We have not inquired into it yet.
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inquire something of someone

to ask some information of someone. I need to inquire something of you. May I inquire something personal of you?
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inquire within

to ask questions of a person inside [some place, such as a store or office]. (Formula. On a sign posted outside.) "Help wanted. Inquire within," read the sign on the door. If you want to apply, you must inquire within.
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inquire after

Ask about the health or condition of someone or something. For example, She was inquiring after you in particular. [c. 1600]
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inquire about

v.
To seek information about something or someone: I went to the store and inquired about available jobs.
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inquire after

v.
To ask about the health or condition of someone: My neighbor cordially inquired after my mother, who was in the hospital.
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'Look at the way these pigeons hold themselves for a start.' He nods his head towards the row of whitewashed shelves, each split into little squares, where the birds sit and strut, their heads tipping inquiringly on one side and then the other, almost as if they are agreeing with him.
I do not much care for qualitative research, which to me is the attempt to discover knowledge about people and nursing by listening inquiringly to stories.
The one Sylvestre glances inquiringly at the other, who had been late with his food package, then shrugs indifferently: "It doesn't matter...." Foodbomb-food-bomb....
You're likely to see a number of these chatty, bright-blue birds; you may even have one light on your arm and look inquiringly into your eyes.
He would then gesture towards the lime, look back at his interlocutor, and say "See water is contained in all things." If his interlocutor were clever, he might respond by picking up a nearby stone, squeeze it, and look inquiringly at Thales as if to say "Where is the water to be found in this?" But Thales would reply that his "friend" had perhaps not squeezed hard enough.
The minister was standing next to Veronica but he shouldn't have been there, I cautiously made my way through the crowd of mourners and touched the minister's shoulder, he glanced at me inquiringly, recognized me, greeted me with a nod, and we moved off to one side.
The mohel came to that part of the service when the name of the new born son was to be made public; he hurriedly asked while cleaning, "What is his name?" Uncle Richard turned around inquiringly and someone called to him "Ruben." So uncle Richard, enlightened, repeated "Ruben" whereupon the mohel broke out in resounding chanting about the so haphazardly found name of Ruben.
The waitress appeared at our table: "Would you gentlemen like some dessert?" Despite my doctor's orders to cut down, I looked up at Rodrigo inquiringly, as I very much wanted to prolong our session.
That was the very question we asked ourselves in February when we (the coauthors of this article) looked inquiringly at an ITV sociology course (Law and Society) for juniors and seniors to be taught in three-hour blocks during spring quarter.
Like anybody else of similar experience, I try to appear (to strangers) to be an old housekeeper; consequently, I said in an offhand way that I had been intending for some time to have six or eight lightning rods put up, but - The stranger started, and looked inquiringly at me, but I was serene.
When opening the door the experimenter looked out inquiringly and then stepped out for about one minute.
No authority is there to question their justification", said a group of commuters inquiringly.
For an aborigine, and one so young, he doesn't need much company, spends his time at rest looking inquiringly at the leaves waving above him or at the line of horizon dancing in the heat.
Some of the men--the cohort on the deck is largely male--peer inquiringly into the camera lens, thus immediately establishing that they are "real" people, as opposed to actors trained to ignore the camera.